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Language and Social Change in Central EuropeDiscourses on Policy, Identity and the German Language$
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Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635986

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635986.001.0001

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Language Policy Discourses: Interventions and Intersections

Language Policy Discourses: Interventions and Intersections

(p.82) 4 Language Policy Discourses: Interventions and Intersections
Language and Social Change in Central Europe

Patrick Stevenson

Jenny Carl

Edinburgh University Press

The focus in this chapter is on the complex ‘layering’ of language policy – an exploration of the multiple levels at which language policies are formulated and the conflicts between them, from supranational EU and transnational corporate/commercial strategies promoting multilingualism in various forms, through national domestic and foreign cultural policies continuing to foster the idea of ‘national’ languages, to local-level lobbying of indigenous and migrant minority groups – and on the ways in which these policies/policy discourses impact on individual and collective lives by creating particular kinds of space.

Keywords:   Language policy, Multilingualism, National languages, Hungary, Czech Republic, European Union

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